Day of the Dead


Date
Saturday 31 October 2015
Time
11:00AM - 4:00PM
Category
  World Culture Days

Folk dance

The Mexican Cultural Center, the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, and the Penn Museum present this Day of the Dead celebration. Enjoy Mexican culture and the rich traditions of Día de los Muertos at this family-friendly afternoon filled with music and dance, puppetry and storytelling, and arts and crafts. The centerpiece of the afternoon, presented in the Museum's majestic Rotunda, is a traditional Day of the Dead altar created by artists from the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, built just for the celebration, with dedications to those who died placed upon the ofrenda (altar). Groups invited by the Mexican Cultural Center display smaller altars, which compete for prizes.

Come in costume! Costumed guests under 12 receive half-price admission to the celebration. Guests dressed in a Day of the Dead-themed costume such as La Catrina, or as a traditional Mexican icon like Frida Kahlo can join the parade and costume contest!

Free with Museum admission.

Day of the Dead Celebration Schedule

12:00 pm Family Tour: Focus on the Afterlife
Learn about Funerary practices of ancient peoples, and visit Beneath the Surface: Life, Death and Gold in Ancient Panama before it closes!
Meet in Iraq’s Ancient Past, 3rd Floor
12:30 pm Traditional Aztec Dance Performance
Pre-Hispanic group Cenzontle Cuicatl performs various traditional Aztec dances.
Egypt (Mummies) Gallery, 3rd Floor
1:00 pm Mexican Folkloric Dance Group Performance
Ballet Folklorico Yaretzi entertains the crowd with traditional Mexican dances.
Egypt (Mummies) Gallery, 3rd Floor
2:30 pm Mariachi Fashion Show with Singing and Dancing
Enjoy this showcase of typical mariachi outfits with their intricate and diverse styles! Pedro Villaseñor delights the audience with famous mariachi songs .
Egypt (Mummies) Gallery, 3rd Floor
3:00 pm Family Tour: Focus on the Afterlife
Learn about Funerary practices of ancient peoples, and visit Beneath the Surface: Life, Death and Gold in Ancient Panama before it closes!
Meet in Iraq’s Ancient Past, 3rd Floor
3:30 pm Winners of Altar and Costume Contests Announced
Different communities and organizations that competed to create the best altar find out who are the winners. Guests compete for best Day of the Dead themed costume!
Egypt (Mummies) Gallery, 3rd Floor

Throughout the Day in the China Gallery

  • Traditional Day of the Dead Community Altars.
  • Main altar dedicated to Rufino Tamayo.
  • Face-painting
  • Tissue paper flower making station
  • Skull mask making station
  • Meet Lady Catrina as she walks around!
  • Sugar Skulls decoration station (begins at 1:00 pm)
  • Pan de muerto and Mexican hot chocolate (1:00 pm)
  • Paper mâché station with artist Joel Garcia (1:00 pm)
  • Vendor tables

Mexican-inspired lunch menu in the Pepper Mill Café

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